Wednesday 13 October 2010

Passed over again...

Stonewall, the - how should I put this - sometimes controversial LGB equality campaign group, have unveiled their shortlists for their annual awards.

A host of categories exist, and frustratingly they don't seem to publish a complete set of nominations: Community Group of the Year could for all I know have a shortlist of BiScotland, BiPhoria, Bothways and BiVisBristol. But without that set of nominees being public, what catches my eye first is the shortlist for Publication of the Year: Attitude magazine, Midlands Zone, The Lawyer, The Times and the Radio Times. BCN cruelly passed over once again there: perhaps if we added TV listings then the glitterati might love us?

And I see that: Ben Summerskill, Stonewall Chief Executive, said: ‘This year’s Stonewall Awards nominees include openly-gay sport stars, flagship soap operas, mainstream lesbian, gay and straight entertainers, tabloid and quality broadsheet journalists and politicians from all three main parties.

Now, you don't need a big purple neon sign to guess what I think's missing there.

I fear we need some bisexual nominees to badger Ben with over the next twelve months so he can't say the same again next time...

Tuesday 12 October 2010

What did you make of BiCon?

Another video, this time quite different, a few people talking about their experience of being at the biggest event of the UK bi calendar, BiCon, this summer. I think we need more of this to help bring new people in to bi space, as well as more, glossy, colourful magazines and suchlike.

I did get filmed by someone for another similar project - I wonder if I can chase down the footage and add it to the online selection?

Nine come along at once

Regulars at my local bi group will know I've been muttering for a few months now along the lines of 'we need multimedia stuff for the web' and 'we need to do more documenting of the community'.

Well, fortunately it's not just me, and so now we have a string of videos from the 2010 BiReCon research conference, giving a taste of some of the presentations people gave there.

As someone who suffers from a bad case of "in one ear out the other", you have no idea how excited I am at being able to see these over again! I'm sure I'll come back to blog more about specific videos from the set in the near future.

Meg Barker - Introduction to bi research in the UK

John Sylla from the American Institute of Bisexuality:

Serena Anderlini D'Onofrio - Bisexuality as Portal to More Sustainable Use of Resources of Love

Eric Anderson -- Heterosexual men, bisexual behaviour

Christian Klesse - Creating Bisexual Intimacies in the Face of Heteronormativity and Biphobia

Anna Einarsdottir - How Civil Partners meet

Miguel Obradors -- Deconstructing Biphobia

Jenny Kangasvuo - Comparing the Experiences of Finnish Bisexuals in 1999 and 2009

Robyn Ochs -- Why we need to 'Get Bi'

Thursday 7 October 2010

Issue 103

It's back from the print shop... and again a pretty, shiny magazine.

Going in the post shortly to anyone who is a subscriber.  Subscribe or renew now.

Tuesday 5 October 2010


Today, the gas man cometh.

So does the delivery of the new issue of BCN, ready for mailing... oh the anticipation! The last couple of magazines I've been really pleased with, and things are already in-hand for some of issue 104, which is As Things Should Be.